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Biography of Stephen Schwartz

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Stephen Schwartz was born in 1948, and has pursued a long literary and journalistic career. He was a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 10 years and was secretary of the Northern California Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, his extensive and authoritative writings on the phenomenon of Wahhabism established him as one of the leading global experts on Islam, its internal divisions, and its relations with other faiths.

Mr. Schwartz has also developed, among Westerners, a unique position as a confidante of Shia Muslim religious leaders and intellectuals, notably with Iraqis as well as Shias living in the U.S. His investigative reporting on Islamist extremism has led to repeat appearances on Fox News and other TV and radio networks.

Mr. Schwartz is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, DC and author of the 2008 book The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony (Doubleday). In 2002, he published the bestselling The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role In Terrorism (Doubleday). He is also author of Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook, published in the U.S. by Routledge Macmillan and in Britain by The Bosnian Institute and Saqi Books.

The Two Faces of Islam has been translated into Bosnian (Dva Lica Islama), Albanian (Dy Ftyrat e Islamit), and Indonesian (Dua Wajah Islam). As of 2009, a Persian edition is forthcoming. Sarajevo Rose has been published in Bosnian (Sarajevska Ruža). The Other Islam has been published in Albanian (Islami Tjetër).

His articles have been printed in the world's major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and many more. He is a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard and The Spectator [London] as well as to the New York Post and Reforma in Mexico City, and leading periodicals in the Balkans.

He has been a student of Sufism since the late 1960s and an adherent of the Hanafi school of Islam since 1997.

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